Accession Number : ADA319925

Title :   An Evaluation of the Factors Used to Predict Writing Ability at the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Farr, Darrin E.

PDF Url : ADA319925

Report Date : SEP 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 75

Abstract : A study of 574 students at the Air Force Institute of Technology compared performance, education, and experience factors (the later two as stated by the students themselves) to a locally developed estimate of true writing ability (WGPA). This exploratory research was additionally intended to assess the effectiveness of AFITs current writing student skill diagnostic and instructional system. Direct (essay evaluation) and indirect (objective test) evaluations of AFIT student writing ability were analyzed for their predictive impact. The statistical analysis procedures used in this study included the factor analysis of a survey, ANOVA, the adjustment of multiple correlations due to measurement error and range attenuation, and the performance of a regression analysis using the raw data and the adjusted correlation matrix. The results of this study indicate AFIT's direct evaluation portion (essay examination) is useful for determining writing ability; the indirect portion (objective test) did not significantly contribute to the model. Due to the combination of independent variables chosen for the predictive model, the study was unable to identify the immediate benefits of the written communications review course on AFIT performance.

Descriptors :   *PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), *MENTAL ABILITY, *TECHNICAL WRITING, STUDENTS, PERFORMANCE TESTS, THESES, REGRESSION ANALYSIS, AIR FORCE PERSONNEL, AIR FORCE TRAINING, COURSES(EDUCATION), APTITUDE TESTS, APTITUDES, ENGLISH LANGUAGE, CONDITIONING(LEARNING), HANDWRITING, TRANSFER OF TRAINING.

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE